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Family Friendly Spacious Comfortable Cottage and Garden. Rural and relaxing.



Updated: 20-Oct-2016
4 bedroomed rural retreat, great base for family holidays.

Next door to the main house at the former farm of Le Hamel Roger lies Kestrel Cottage. Part of the cider barn attached to the house has been renovated to create this spacious & comfortable self catering cottage. With many Original Features and all modern amenities it's a wonderful place to relax. It's great for families with plenty of space and lots to do on site and close to Kestrel Cottage.

Set in 1 acre of enclosed gardens with views across the valley, it's a great garden for playing, relaxing or alfresco dining. We have a fully fenced above ground 5m solar heated Swimming pool & an indoor Play Loft which has toys for our youngest guests through to teens.

We are an English family and live next door in the farmhouse. We can be on hand if needed or wanted and can run activity sessions for children.

There are miles of tracks on our doorstep so it's a great place for people who enjoy nature and an easy drive when you want a trip out.

The cottage has a large living room with French and Englsh telly, plenty of comfortable seating, games, books and a fireplace. An archway leads through to the dining room with seating for 10 and the well equipped kitchen. There is a downstairs shower room.

Upstairs you'll find a large landing area with sofabed, Tv (for dvd's) toys and games. You can use it as a playroom, quiet space or an extra bedroom. On the same floor is the family bathroom, a twin room with two single beds and a wooden cot and a double room.

Up again and you'll find another double bedroom and twin room with two single beds and space for another mattress to acomodate extra children. All the bedrooms have got wardrobes or hanging rails, drawers or shelves, lamps, bedding and bed linen.

Outside there is plenty of parking infront or behind the cottage. There is a table-tennis table under the shelter of a barn. There is a 'dustybarn' with lots of toys for creative, imaginative, adventurous play. There is a hammock, climbing frame, sandpit, swingset, playhouse, football goals, basketball hoop and large trampoline with safety net, fixed BBQ and outdoor furniture including a chiminea.

More Details
  • Sleeps 10
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

We are a family of Mum, Dad, children (aged 16- 4), one dog, two cats, one rabbit and 5 chickens. Our dog is called Dobby, he's a lab crossed with something, he has a lovely temperament. He's great with children, new people & other dogs, also great with rabbits and lambs, cats by arrangement!

Speaks English, French

Guestbook comments from the owner

'Kestrel Cottage is the perfect rural retreat for a family - warm, welcoming, unpretentious yet everything we could ask for, at a very reasonable cost' the Fitzgeralds March 2013

'a fantastic week with the most amazing weather' The Blake & Grace family July '13

'the cottage is roomy & well facilitated ensuring there is something to do in all weathers' The Refells Aug '13

'..so well equiped - everything we could need was provided. The situation of Kestrel Cottage is so good for access to the various towns & sites' The Bradbury's Aug '13

'Our kids don't want to go home! A perfect place to stay, probably the best holiday house we have ever been to' Aleksandra & family Sept '13

'We wish we could have enjoyed this paradise as children, but being OAP's, we found pleasure in watching & hearing your children. We take with us many happy memories.' Mr & Mrs Whitehead Sept '13

'Thank you all so so so much...welcoming, friendly & all round wonderful' Peacock Family Oct '13
Mar 2010
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6 Reviews

based on 6 holidaymaker reviews


Great, relaxing stay

  • 5 of 5

Another wonderful stay at la Hamel Roger. It is our second year because the location, friendliness of owners and relaxed feel make it a home from home. The cottage itself is extremely accommodating to our growing configuration requirements as our groups families expand with Ange taking advise on the day of where cots, toddler beds and single beds needed to go to ensure the best night sleep for all. An abundance of toys and space for both indoor and outdoor play provided entertainment whatever the weather, we stayed house base for over half our stay. It offers great value for money for a relaxed low key getaway.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 25, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for taking the time to review us Zoe. It was a joy having you as neighbours for the week and we wish you all continued happiness.
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home from home!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for 2 weeks at kestrel cottage with a 15 month old and a dog- Angie and Danny and family were extremely welcoming and after showing us around despite being just next door we were left to our privacy with them on hand just in case we needed anything. The house was well stocked for cooking and ideal for those with young children with stairgates and toys. The huge bonus was the playbarn and outdoor toys and our little boy barely played with his own toys as there was so much to entertain him/ wear him out! It was also warm enough for a dip in the outdoor pool on one day! Having stayed in a few rustic barns in Normandy this was a welcome change as it was light and warm and lovely and clean. We are regular visitors to this part of Normandy and the location was perfect- close to the lovely village and park of beny bocage but an easy drive to vire or Villiers bocage for larger shops and less than an hour to beaches. Definitely would recommend it particularly families with under fives and we'll be back!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 30, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We look forward to welcoming you again soon!
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Perfect Family Holiday

  • 5 of 5

We arrived on Saturday lunch time, and immediately felt relaxed. This was our 2nd time of staying at Le Hamel Roger and by the evening we were already talking about booking our 3rd visit. (Which we now have :) ).

Danny, Angie & their family are the perfect hosts, very friendly, helpful, more than happy to share their knowledge and advice for local attractions (and tips for those on a budget). The house is in a great location, nice and rural for those that like the peace and quiet or tranquil local walks, but also close enough to get to the local shops and markets via a short drive. Also perfect if you want to travel to the tourist attractions such as the beaches etc.

The house is very child friendly and well equipped, everything you need for your break is here, evenings spent playing board games as a family (whilst mum and dad enjoyed a glass of wine) really help to get the family to enjoy proper quality time together away from the day to day toil of normal working life. We came away from here again feeling completely relaxed.

We would recommend this place for families of all sizes as there is something to do for all. The play barn can be a great way to keep younger children entertained too.

Little tips we have learnt, travel from the UK to Caen as then you only have a 45 min drive to the house (plus you save on the tolls). If arriving late on a Saturday, bring some food basics to get through Sunday as shops do not open on Sundays. Drink the wine from the local supermarket (watch what the locals buy - its always a good choice).

Speak to Angie about local attractions, she can give a good run down on them all, advising best days to visit etc.

Highly recommend this place for a great relaxing holiday, book now as you will not be disappointed.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 15, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you lovely Hulse family. We are looking forward to welcoming you again this year :-)
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Friendly for us, fabulous for our childre

  • 5 of 5

We came to stay at Kestrel Cottage with another family - there were six of us in total, including two toddlers. Throughout the entire process Angie couldn't have been more helpful and friendly, and this extended into and beyond our visit.

The cottage itself is lovely - it was spotlessly clean when we arrived and had plenty of room for us all. There were toys on the play landing which was great for the children, and the toddler bed and large cot bed made it a home from home for our little ones - we didn't have a disturbed night for the whole week we were there.

The garden and outside space is wonderful - you're surrounded by farmland so really do feel that you're getting away from it all! The space came fully equipped with outdoor toys (playhouse, ride-in cars, trampoline, paddling pool) which kept the children amused for hours - literally! But the hidden genius of Kestrel Cottage for us was the play barn - adjacent to the cottage, this was a lifesaver on the one rainy day we had. Kiddie-coaster, play kitchen, blackboard, dressing up, ball pit... the list goes on.

There are loads of things nearby to do, so you won't be bored - unless you simply want to sit in the garden soaking up the sun of course.

We had looked all over for a place that would keep our girls entertained and would mean we wouldn't need to fill our car with kiddy stuff for the trip but that wouldn't cost the earth. Kestrel Cottage will give you the same sort of things you'd find on BabyFriendlyBoltholes.com but at a fraction of the cost. Great value for money, friendly owners and one of the most fun AND relaxing holidays I've had in ages. Can't recommend Kestrel Cottage enough.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 26, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thankyou! I'm aching from DIY today (painting the entrance to the play loft) and reading your review has renewed my energy!! Thank you for taking the time to write such a thorough review. Much appreciated x
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Kestrel Cottage

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned from the most tranquil and wonderful family holiday. Kestrel cottage, is fantastic as are the family that own it and live next door. The cottage has everything you could possibly need and so much more. Books, DVDs, games, a playroom for the children, baby cot / highchair / toys / changing mat...even the use of an off road buggy. It has a super garden and a swimming pool (too cold for us to use!). There are lots of interesting things to do locally and Angie is always on hand to help and offer advice and tips...which was just brilliant. It is very rural and the surroundings are beautiful. There are so few cars and lots of wonderful walks nearby. It is also close to some amazing sites of world historical interest - Le Mont St Michel and Bayeux. Highly recommended for a quiet and relaxing holiday for a couple or a family. Angie, Dan and all the kids are extremely welcoming and friendly - nothing was too much trouble...they were so lovely to our exuberant six month old puppy! And as for the Calvados...!!!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 14, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: To the Lovely Ritchies, Thank you for finding time to write a wonderfully detailed review. It was an absolute pleasure to have you all as neighbours for the fortnight and Neeps was really no trouble at all! Very best wishes to you all, Angie x
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rural france

  • 4 of 5

Nice family house ,Lovely peaceful place where on a clear night the milky way is visible! ,very amiable hosts next door who are very family orientated and will help and give advice if wanted. You must travel to find the restaurants but a small price to pay for the genuine peace and quite.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 13, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Roger, Thank you for all the top marks you and your family gave us on your feedback form and for finding time to review us on here as well. I agree, the stars are always amazing on a clear night, one of the many perks of countryside living. Best Wishes to you all, Angie.
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From the Owner

We moved here from London in 2007. We decided it was time for a slower pace of life. The truth is we are busier than ever! We really enjoy running the gite and meeting all the different people. Danny has turned a hobby into a business and runs his gardening company, I teach 'Discovering English' sessions in local infant and primary schools, we also welcome language students. The country side is so beautiful and you really see the changing seasons. It's a wonderful place for children and they have so much space to play. We are easily accessible from the Uk so we still get plenty of time with family and old friends. Everyday is an adventure with something new to do, lots of challenges and it's not always easy, but one look around and it's certainly worth it!

Activity and Interests

Nearest Barpub : Monchauvet at 4 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Vire at 20 Kilometres Nearest Train : Vire at 16 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Le Beny Bocage at 7 Kilometres Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

We can run language holidays, cater for groups with special needs and provide activities for children.


45 minutes drive to the nearest landing beaches on the north coast, 1 hour from the Atlantic southern coast. All beaches are sandy and vary in levels of commercial activity nearby.


Only 45 minutes drive from the ferry port in Caen (Ouistreham). 90 minutes drive from Le Harve. 4 hours drive from the Channel Tunnel. Nearest airports are Caen, Dinard and Rennes.


Nearest shop and bar is 4kms. The local village with minimart, bakers, post office, restaurant, garage, cash point, chemist, doctors etc is 7 minutes drive and very friendly. Nearest town is Vire, 20 minutes drive and has large retail outlets on the outskirts and lots of boutiques hidden away down cobbled streets in the centre. Large market on Fridays. Caen, the regions principal city is 40 minutes drive.

Further Details:

We have a large conservation minded zoo a few minutes drive up the road. There is a viaduct 12 minutes away where brave souls come from all over the world to bungy jump 60 meters, whiz down a huge zip wire or hurtle through the air on a giant swing, good fun to watch from the cafe even if you chose not to partake in the activities. There is a Luge which is great for all ages, thrilling enough but not terrifying!! Please see our website for more details of local attractions.

We have guests coming back for their 3rd season because they still haven't seen or done it all. Families enjoy time at the cottage and in the garden and decide where they fancy going for a trip out. It's all very relaxed and easy going.


Rental rates

Convert Currency
Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
New Year
28 Dec 2016 - 3 Jan 2017
7 night minimum stay
1 Apr 2017 - 27 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £20 per night, per additional guest
Early Summer
28 May 2017 - 1 Jul 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £20 per night, per additional guest
2 Jul 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £20 per night, per additional guest
Late summer
3 Sep 2017 - 14 Oct 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £20 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £20 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

From November to March: For those only requiring one bedroom (& a sofa bed) we can offer our cottage as ONE BEDROOMED GROUND FLOOR ACCOMODATION with prices ranging from £50 for one night to £200 for a week.
Please look at our website or email us for more details.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Updated: 20-Oct-2016
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From the Owner

We fell in love with the space here. We were very happy with our life in London with so much happening but we love it here with open countryside all around, village life, space to play and relax. It's simple and it's wonderful!

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Fireplace
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Table Football
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool


  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...

Location Type

  • rural


  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • zoo

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming

Floor Area

  • 150 m²


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower
  • Shower room 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Ground floor bathroom with toilet, basin and shower. First floor bathroom with toilet, basin, bath with shower over.


  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 Single Bed, 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed
  • Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed, Can add toddler bed or mattress for additional children.
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8/10 (4 Bedrooms) Bedrooms are arranged on the first and second floors. Double sofa beds available if needed on the first floor and in the lounge. Extra cots available. Happy to liaise before you arrive to get the perfect set up of beds for your family.


  • Boat ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue


  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • We welcome lots of 3 generation families, or two families holidaying together, because there's plenty of space for everyone and we are surrounded by interesting places to visit, history and natural beauty. Onsite we have the pool for sunny weather and the play loft, barn & table-tennis undercover so there is always something for the children to do. We enjoy having guests so you can relax and make yourselves at home. I don't think I have mentioned our hill anywhere yet! Part of the garden is a terrased hill from which you can see along the valley, explore in the long grass, make dens and have a campfire. It's impossible to tell you everything so please do look at our website or Kestrel Cottage Facebook page to see lots more photos, ideas for things to do near here and comments from previous guests. We are always happy to answer questions about what we offer here so please do get in touch.

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